Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine

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Michigan State University
College of Osteopathic Medicine
MSUCOM School Name and Spartan seal.jpg
Type Public
Established 1969
Budget $104.05 million[1]
Dean Andrea Amalfitano, D.O.,Ph.D. (interim)[2]
Academic staff
Students 300 per class[3]
Location East Lansing;
, Michigan, United States
Campus Suburban and Urban
Tuition (2017-2018) $45,074 resident[4]
$87,177 non-resident[4]
Website com.msu.edu

The Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) is the osteopathic medical school of Michigan State University located in East Lansing, Michigan. The college grants the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree, as well as a DO-PhD combined degree for students interested in training as physician-scientists.[5] MSUCOM operates two satellite campuses in Macomb and Detroit. The college is accredited by the American Osteopathic Association's Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation (COCA) and by the Higher Learning Commission of the North Central Association of Colleges and Schools.[6]


Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine (MSUCOM) was founded at a time when new osteopathic medical schools were not being chartered. Many osteopathic doctors throughout Michigan began working on the creation of a new medical school. In 1964, the Michigan Association of Osteopathic Physicians and Surgeons received a state charter and started to raise money for a new private osteopathic medical college. In 1969, the first class was admitted to the Michigan College of Osteopathic Medicine (MCOM) in Pontiac, Michigan, [7] becoming the first osteopathic medical school to open since 1916. [8]

That same year, the Michigan legislature passed P.A. 162, which stated that “A school of osteopathic medicine is established and shall be located as determined by the state board of education at an existing campus of a state university with an existing school or college of medicine." On September 19, 1969, Michigan State University accepted the legislative mandate and agreed to create a new osteopathic medical school on their campus, [9] making it the first osteopathic medical school based at a public university. [10] In 1971, MCOM was moved to East Lansing and was given its current name of MSUCOM. Myron S. Magan, D.O. was the first dean and served for more than two decades. [11]

In the mid-2000s, MSUCOM expanded from its main campus in East Lansing to two satellite campuses in Detroit and Macomb. The expansion was approved by the MSU Board of Trustees in May 2007 and by the Commission on Osteopathic College Accreditation in September 2008. In July 2009, instruction began at these two expansion sites. [12] In 2011, MSUCOM started a program for training Canadian students to become osteopathic physicians, accepting 25 Canadian students each year.[13] In 2010, the partnership between MSU and Sparrow Hospital was strengthened. This agreement was meant to foster research, education, and clinical services, and it culminated in the creation of the Center for Innovation and Research in 2012. [14] In December 2017, MSU and McLaren announced they were strengthening their partnership and that a new $450 million hospital would be built near MSU’s East Lansing campus. [15]


The college offers the Doctor of Osteopathic Medicine (D.O.) degree, as well as dual degrees (DO-PhD, DO-MPH, and DO-MBA). Applicant selection is made from a competitive applicant pool and depends on many aspects of the applicant such as GPA, MCAT, maturity, and life experiences. Among admitted students, the average GPA is 3.6 and the average MCAT score is 29-30.

Medical Curriculum

MSUCOM’s curriculum consists of pre-clerkship years that run for seven semesters. The first portion consists of introductory basic science, including: anatomy, biochemistry, genetics, physiology, etc. During this time, students also learn physical examination, doctor-patient interactions, and the principles of osteopathic palpatory diagnosis and manipulative therapy. After learning the biological foundations, the curriculum shifts to a body system focus where the integumentary, neuro-musculoskeletal, hematopoietic, cardiovascular, respiratory, urinary, gastrointestinal, endocrine, and reproductive systems are detailed. Throughout the entire sequence, courses in Patient Care and Osteopathic Manipulative Medicine are incorporated.[16] After the first two years, the students are assigned a base hospital and begin their clerkship years where they rotate through family medicine, internal medicine, OBGYN, general surgery, psychiatry, etc.[17]

DO-PhD Program

MSUCOM’s DO-PhD Physician Scientist Training Program, the first of its kind in the nation, was founded by Dr. Justin McCormick in 1979. The eight-year program is not organized in the traditional 2-4-2 MD-PhD arrangement, but starts with the first year of graduate coursework. This arrangement allows for more integration between the graduate research and medical school education. Most DO-PhD students complete PhDs through the BioMolecular Science program which includes: biochemistry, cell and molecular biology, genetics, microbiology, pharmacology & toxicology, and physiology. However, there are graduate students in neuroscience, epidemiology, anthropology, and sociology. The alumni of the program have entered many prestigious residency programs and most graduates find careers in medical colleges, universities, or major medical research centers.[18]


Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine consistently is ranked among the top medical schools in the US. U.S. News & World Report has released its annual evaluation of the top graduate schools in the United States, and MSUCOM was ranked number 33 of the "Primary Care" category. In 2014, MSUCOM ranked ninth among all medical schools in United States of America for primary care education and first in producing the most primary care residents.[19][20] The rankings are based on a variety of factors including peer assessments, student achievement, selectivity and — in this particular category — the number of graduates who enter primary care.

Pre-Clerkship Training Sites

The College of Osteopathic Medicine conducts pre-clinical training at three different campuses in East Lansing, Detroit, and Macomb. MSUCOM’s primary campus is in East Lansing on the main Michigan State University campus.[21] The Detroit satellite campus is situated on the campus of the Detroit Medical Center (DMC).[22] The Macomb satellite campus, the most recent to be added, is located at Macomb University Center within Macomb Community College.[23]

Statewide Campus System

Clinical training for the third and fourth year students occurs at hospitals throughout Michigan affiliated with the Statewide Campus System[24] Currently, there are more than 30 hospital locations affiliated with MSUCOM. In 2017, MSUCOM’s Statewide Campus System was named as one of the five regional assessment training centers by the Accreditation Council for Graduate Medical Education. MSUCOM was the only DO medical school included. [25]

Base Hospitals

Other SCS Affiliated groups include: Detroit Metro Urological Surgery Consoritum, Hamilton Community Network, Hillsdale Community Health Center, Oakwood Healthcare System Dearborn, ProMedica Coldwater Regional Hospital, ProMedical Toledo Hospital, St. Joseph Mercy Livingston and Oakland, and St. Mary Mercy Hospital. Kirksville College of Osteopathic Medicine and Marian University College of Osteopathic Medicine are also affiliated with the SCS.

Notable alumni


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  2. ^ "MSU COM dean's message". Archived from the original on 2012-02-29. Retrieved 2010-01-01.
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  4. ^ a b "AACOM Member Colleges". Retrieved 2018-09-01.
  5. ^ "MSU COM DO/PhD program". Archived from the original on 2008-05-12. Retrieved 2010-01-01.
  6. ^ "Michigan State University College of Osteopathic Medicine" (PDF). American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine. 2013. Retrieved May 12, 2012.
  7. ^ History of MSU Osteopathic Medical Specialties (OMS)
  8. ^ Schools By Year of Inaugural Class (PDF), American Association of Colleges of Osteopathic Medicine, retrieved 10 July 2012
  9. ^ History of MSU Osteopathic Medical Specialties (OMS)
  10. ^ Gevitz, Norman (2004). The DO's: osteopathic medicine in America. Baltimore, Maryland: Johns Hopkins University Press. ISBN 0-8018-7833-0.
  11. ^ History of MSU Osteopathic Medical Specialties (OMS)
  12. ^ "MSU's College of Osteopathic Medicine marks Detroit grand opening". MSU.edu. Retrieved 10 April 2013.
  13. ^ Schierhorn, Carolyn (Nov 21, 2011). "MSUCOM pilot program targets Canadian students for training". The DO. Archived from the original on 10 June 2012. Retrieved 15 July 2012.
  14. ^ Sparrow MSU
  15. ^ Sarina Gleason (December 5, 2017), MSU and McLaren to expand partnership, MSU Today
  16. ^ "Preclerkship Curriculum". Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  17. ^ "Clinical Clerkship Curriculum". Retrieved 1 September 2018.
  18. ^ DO-PhD Physician Scientist Training Program
  19. ^ "Best Medical Schools: Primary Care". U.S. News & World Report. 2014. Archived from the original on 2017-03-14. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  20. ^ "Which schools turn out the most primary care residents?". U.S. News & World Report, LP. 2014. Retrieved 13 March 2014.
  21. ^ "East Lansing Campus".
  22. ^ "DMC Campus".
  23. ^ "Macomb Campus".
  24. ^ Statewide Campus System
  25. ^ "College of Osteopathic Medicine's Statewide Campus System named regional assessment training center by ACGME". MSU.edu/accessdate=31 August 2018.
  26. ^ "Amalfitano Recommended as Interim Dean of College of Osteopathic Medicine".
  27. ^ "Thomas Naegele, D.O." Cancer Control Society.
  28. ^ Fischler, Marcelle S (February 10, 2002). "LONG ISLAND JOURNAL; Diana Ross's Sister Tops Charts in Medicine". The New York Times.
  29. ^ "Dr. Barbara Ross-Lee". Changing the Face of Medicine. National Library of Medicine.

External links

  • MSU COM website
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